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Wolf Winter
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by Cecilia Ekbäck (Goodreads Author)
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"More engaging in the 2nd half, having difficulty believing I am in 1717, it feels more contemporary, no real sense of the era. The absent husband seems strange. And the priest? Hmmm. Not sure about this, a slow burning snowy, superstitious mystery." 12 hours, 1 min ago

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"Still slogging away with Virginia Woolf,feels like I am skimming over the words, very little sinks in.I think in winter I need more story and fewer characters." Jan 08, 2015 09:54AM


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Citizen by Claudia Rankine
"‘The past is a life sentence, a blunt instrument aimed at tomorrow.

It is sad and utterly pathetic that racism still runs rampant in the modern world. Even here in America, despite the Civil Rights movement of the 60’s, vulgar displays of racism o..." Read more of this review »
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I Take This Woman by Rajinder Singh Bedi
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I Take This Woman by Rajinder Singh Bedi
" It's a really interesting subject and I also think it's interesting to have an example portrayed where it actually does work out, as too often we jump ...more"
The Yellow Rain by Julio Llamazares
" There must be many parts of the world going through this kind of transition and abandonment I am sure. It's really sad while also being understandable ...more"
The Yellow Rain by Julio Llamazares
The Yellow Rain
by Julio Llamazares
recommended to Claire McAlpine by: Col
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Wow,an elegy for a forgotten village, way of life, for a man who meets death long before it invites him to join it.

Ainielle is a village in the Spanish Pyrenees that has slowly become abandoned and turning derelict, except for the one man who refuse
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante
" When I started reading I kept calling it a trilogy and somewhere along the way I discovered there was another due for publication. Thank goodness! But ...more"
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I Take This Woman by Rajinder Singh Bedi
"This is a brilliant story from one of the eminent Urdu writers: a portrait of a life of a village woman in mid-20th century Indiia.

When her husband dies young she is, as per custom, required to marry the younger brother of her husband whom she had..." Read more of this review »
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
"the descriptions of the injuries and illnesses that the POWs suffered overshadowed their humanity and their lives. The sheer volume of the descriptiv
Claire McAlpine added a status update: Great to hear that H is for Hawk has won the Costa Prize. Brilliant nonfiction memoir.
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
H is for Hawk
by Helen Macdonald
read in October, 2014
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H is for Hawk and for Helen Macdonald and her Hibernation from Humanity in coping with her father's untimely death and her own transition, as her job is coming to end and the cottage that came with it.

Responding to an instinctive need to escape reali
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“I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity.”
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Ahmet Ümit
“You know about the Mother Goddess - the first female god, a fat woman with a lion on one side and a child between her legs. She was the first god of humankind.
Do you know why than ancient people of Anatolia chose her as their god? Because men were not aware of their roles as impregnators. They thought that it was the wind, the rain, the rivers, in short, nature, that impregnated women. And this was not at all a strange idea at the time. People viewed themselves as part of nature. They thought birth was magic, a miracle.”
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Shane Koyczan
“I sit before flowers
hoping they will train me in the art
of opening up

I stand on mountain tops believing
that avalanches will teach me to let go

I know

but I am here to learn.”
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Richard Ford
“She ordered a martini and encouraged me to, but said she couldn't drink it with her medication. She just liked seeing it in front of her, like the old days, all set to do its little magic.”
Richard Ford, Canada

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